The reopening will commence in phases, with the first phase being exclusive to Kiwis currently residing in Australia, allowing them to return home from February 27.
The reopening will be exclusive to fully vaccinated Kiwis based in Australia. They will be allowed to avoid hotel quarantine (managed isolation/MIQ) and instead self-isolate on arrival.
March 13 will see Kiwis based in other parts of the world eligible to return home, following the same rules as aforementioned.
New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern stated that all Australians would be able to enter by July - subject to the exact same self-isolation requirements.
By October, the government has pledged that borders will "fully reopen to visitors from anywhere in the world, and all visa categories will reopen".
"It's time to move," Ardern said in Auckland on Thursday, announcing the changes.